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High Speed Burning via USB2.0 - Waitec FrisbyII

Read Performance Part I: Data

Pressed CD Read Speeds

We used a commercially pressed data CD nearly 74 minutes in length (73:21.05 to be exact).

As the Nero CD Speed screenshot shows, the drive operates in Full CAV mode. This means that the CD spins at a constant speed and the data transfer rate increases steadily as the writer moves toward the outside of the media. The maximum transfer rate of 40.78 we measured narrowly exceeds the specified 40x. In direct comparison with competing USB2.0 models (Liteon LXR-24101A, Yamaha CRW-F1UX) the Frisby's very fast random access time of 88 ms is a pleasant surprise.

Original CDAverage Reading SpeedStart Reading SpeedEnd Reading SpeedAccess Times RandomAccess Times 1/3Access Times Full
Liteon LXR24101A30.20X19.52X39.84X97 ms106 ms173 ms
Waitec Frisby II30.92X20.36X40.78X88 ms102 ms174 ms
Yamaha CRW-F1UX31.93X18.65X42.15X127 ms149 ms260 ms

This will save a lot of time when installing software.

CD-R Read Speeds

For this test we used a 1:1 copy of the original CD mentioned earlier. The TDK CD-R80 Metallic media provided us with the following ATIP information:

  • ATIP: 97m 15s 17f
  • Disc Manufacturer: Ritek Co.
  • Reflective layer: Dye (Short strategy; e.g., phthalocyanine)
  • Media type: CD-Recordable
  • Recording Speeds: min. unknown - max. unknown
  • Nominal Capacity: 702.83 MB (79m 59s 73f / LBA: 359848)

CDRAverage Reading SpeedStart Reading SpeedEnd Reading SpeedAccess Times RandomAccess Times 1/3Access Times Full
Liteon LXR24101A30.18X20.05X39.69X102 ms111 ms173 ms
Waitec Frisby II30.97X20.40X40.72X93 ms99 ms183 ms
YamahaCRW-F1UX32.00X18.89X42.12X123 ms145 ms265 ms

This drive is also very fast when using CD-Rs, although seek times are slightly slower than with a pressed CD.